Plan Before You Plant

Planting the right tree in the right place can save you energy, and save your co-op additional expenses


Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative is always looking for ways to reduce costs. Tree trimming is one expense that has a potential for savings if members work with us to minimize the number of places we need to trim trees, and how often they need to be trimmed.
Our members can help reduce tree trimming costs, help minimize tree-related outages and ensure reliable electric service for the future, by choosing the right types of trees to plant, and where to plant them.

Where to Plant
Please use the above chart to determine where trees should be planted in relation to power lines and meters.
•10-25 feet – its best not to plant in this area. If you do, only plant low growing trees and shrubs.
• 25-50 feet – Tree’s in this zone should be less than 35-feet high at full maturity.
• 50+ feet – Any large tree’s that reach 35 or more feet high at full maturity should be planted at least this far away from power lines.

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Save energy by planting trees that shade your house on the east and west sides in the summer, and then shed their leaves in the fall to allow heat gain from the winter sun.
Evergreens, or coniferous trees (that keep their “leaves” all year long) planted on theenergy-tree-2 north and northwest side can provide a windbreak in cooler climates.


  1. Trees are a great addition to every yard, but it is important to know the best places to plant them. Great information/tips – thanks for sharing!

  2. Taking care of trees is absolutely essential to not only life but also for the respect of mother nature. Where we choose to plant trees, as the article states, is really important for the long term. A perfectly placed tree can do so much for so many. Appreciate the post.

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